So, this week I took my first photo shots and measurements. Needless to say, I was not impressed. Here are my initial measurements.
Weight: 295 lbs
Right Mid-Thigh: 27″
Left Mid-Thigh: 28.5″
Right Upper Arm: 16″
Left Upper Arm: 16.25″
This week was a prep week, dealing primarily with cardio and flexibility.
Sun: Measurements, pictures, and APFT
Mon: Walk, Cool It Off!
Tue: Walk, Cool It Off!
Wed: Walk, Cool It Off!
Thu: Walk, Cool It Off!
Fri: Walk, Cool It Off!
Sat: Walk, Cool It Off!
My workout schedule is broken down into five blocks that happen every three hours; 0700, 1000, 1300, 1600, and 1900, Sunday through Saturday. Most of the programs are less than an hour long, but there are some that can take up to an hour and a half. Sunday’s have a lighter schedule than the rest of the week, but it is not a day to laze around the house. I’ll deal with Sundays in a further down, but let me detail out what each of the blocks are for.
0700 is my cardio block. This block is for me to get my shebs out the door and up to the track for an hour. I am playing things by length, 100 meters. In the beginning I am just starting out with walking. Later on, I begin inserting jogging into the walks (walk 400 meters and then jog 100 meters). After a little while, I begin flipping it with a 100 meter walk inserted into the jogs. After, I begin inserting full runs into the jogs, and then break the runs with jogging. Finally, I insert sprints into my runs.
1000 hours is for my morning routine. This is a light cardio routine that lasts for about thirty minutes. It is mostly aerobic exercise and is video-based. It is determined based on the program that I am currently in. At times, when I hit the P90X doubles routines, I will be running the second video at this point.
1300 is the block I am holding out for the SaberFlow routine, video-based again. I am looking forward to this once it is released.
1600 is the time for the main video exercise that I am doing with my wife. All of the videos are coming from Beachbody.com and will cost a pretty penny. Though, after finishing the P90 series, when I move to the P90X series, I will be losing my wife. She will be going onto the female-oriented aerobics series produced by Beachbody.com.
1900 is the last block of exercise for me. It is lighter than most and will involve only a 30 minute walk around the track. It is mostly to walk off dinner with my wife.
Sundays are a little different for me and are separated into two different kinds of Sunday. There is the System and the Recovery Sunday. System Sundays include an hour walk at 1000 and the primary stretching video at 1600. This goes on through the entire system except during the mid point. The mid point uses the Recovery Sunday schedule.
On a Recovery Sunday, things kick off at 1000 with an APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test). This is the older version of the APFT with two minutes of push-ups and sit-ups and a two-mile run. I plan to use the scoring to test my fitness level and progression. Depending on how things go with the new APFT, I might use it instead to test myself.
At 1600, it’s time for measurements and pictures. First up are the measurements. You can see what they are above. It is to document changes in my body type and help keep me going. The pictures include all four sides of my body and a second from the front with arms up “making muscles.”
The first week, that I just finished, is a Preparatory Week and is identical to the Recovery Week. After that is the thirteen week program. On the seventh week, there is a Recovery Sunday to take measurements and photos. After the program is a Recovery Week for letting the body heal from the previous program. After that, I ramp things up to the next program.